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Litigation, School Finance Reform, and Aggregate Educational Spending

  • Robert Manwaring
  • Steven Sheffrin

In the past two decades, litigation in many U.S. stateshas triggered educational reform movements designed to reducethe inequalities in educational expenditures across school districts.This paper uses a panel data set across all the states from 1970–1990to examine the role of litigation and educational finance reformin determining the level of education funding in a flexible,dynamic setting. An important finding of our work is that litigationand reform have differential effects across the states, in somecases leading to increases while in other cases decreases inpredicted spending. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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Volume (Year): 4 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 107-127

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